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Old 02-26-2018, 10:19 PM
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8 month Aussie puppy barking and lunging at strangers

So despite socializing my puppy since he was young, he has started barking and lunging at people when we go places. He used to just bark but now the behavior has gotten more aggressive. I try to get him to refocus on me, but it's like he is locked on. He has not problem with other dogs and loves to play with them.

Also, if he is playing with other dogs, he has no problem with interacting and allowing strangers to pet him. It's when we meet strangers one on one that he goes crazy. He is worse with men than women. Once he gets to know someone he's great but I have to stop this before he accidentally bites someone.
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Old 02-26-2018, 11:50 PM
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Socialisation is not part of training you stop. It needs constant working on. Or dogs revert to their instincts and become alarm sounder or aggressor. Seems lije hes back slid a little. Are you able to attend a club nearby? Brilliant place to counter condition as dogs are under control and cant attack. Plus trainers dogs can be used in training.
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I'm currently working on my 10 month olds puppy behavior. This sounds incredibly similar to my situations. I have socialized my puppy at classes, taken her out to petsmarts, etc.. yet she does have the occasional person she sees that she will bark or lunge at. Now dogs may not like every one, people don't like everyone they meet either. It could be a person with a hat, holding a poster, or riding a bike that could make them bark. Think of a puppys perspective of everything around them. Learn about body language, this is a HUGE key, IT WILL HELP. You can find these diagrams of body language online that are simple to understand. What I've recently figured out to help my puppy not bark at people as much is to take her to parks where I know there aren't too many people or things to distract her. I call it going to "people watch" and play with her. If I see a person walking by I will look at her, click my clicker and give treat before she can even think about barking at the person. I speak in a positive voice telling her "good girl" or "cool" and to "look at me", then continue to play. I will make a whistle sound and say "look at me" if she is too fixated on another person.This may take time and requires patience. Mat training has worked for me and teaching "speak" and "quiet". Mat training ishttps://journeydogtraining.com/karen...tion-protocol/. I still am looking into certified behavioral trainers.

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